In a recent Christian novel I'm working on, one of the topics of discussion in the book between two of the characters involves living, working and serving others with joy, and doing all that you do as though you were doing it directly to Christ, because it was He who said that when you do these things you are doing it unto Him.
Matthew 25:34-40 (KJV) - "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Christ commands us to do unto others as though we were doing it unto Him. So let me ask you this. How are you treating Christ, your savior? Are you walking by Him when He's hungry and giving Him nothing? When He's tired, are you giving Him no pillow on which to rest? Is He cold and you do not give Him your coat, or a warm place to sleep? If you are ignoring the needs of others you are ignoring Christ, and telling Him that you really don't love Him at all. Think about it. We're too wrapped up in our own tiny little lives most days to actually care about what happens to others.
Yet we shouldn't. Christ didn't put us into this world to have a 24/7/365 party. We're not here for our own honor, glory, or fame. We're not here for our own benefit. We're here to serve Christ, and in order to do that we must serve others. This world is not our home. As they say, we're only passing through. This world and all of our lives, be they 7 or 70 years are just a tiny pinprick on the face of eternity. Do you want to waste that brief time doing nothing for God when He has promised you eternity?
Again, think about it. It'd be like me asking you to be obedient and give a penny to a stranger and in return I will give you a milti-billion dollar mansion, multiple cars, a MASSIVE spending account worth billions, and every electronic toy your mind can imagine, and all you have to do is spend that one penny on a complete stranger. Sadly, most Christians would rather have that penny than the mansion and riches that they're being offered. In today's world if you were to cling to a penny and forgo the chance at a multi-billion dollar mansion, most people would call you insane. Isn't that kinda what you are if you cling to this world rather than surrendering all for Christ?
Luke 9:24 (KJV) - "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."
Give up this world, this life, the things you selfishly cling to and give it all to Christ. It's not yours to begin with. You're just a steward, therefore you have NO rights to ANYTHING you have. You are merely a minister of what God has given you, including that brief camera flash of time that you call your life. In the face of eternity that's all it is. So use that brief time for Christ in full and complete measure, because you only get one life, one chance to set your place in all eternity.
"Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last." - Excerpt from a poem by C.T Studd
This isn't Heaven, so don't live like it is. This is a training ground, a mission field, a place of testing. Do well, pass the test, and earn the reward of hearing the Lord some day in Heaven say to you, "Well done thou good and faithful servant." Work for that crown. Work for what really matters. This world is just a vapor. Don't grasp at vapors. Grab at the only thing that is real, and the only thing that matters, which is Christ and the eternity He has promised you.
If you are a Christian, you are promised eternity in Heaven with Christ forever. If you are not, then you are only promised Hell for eternity, which is not a good place to be. It is a place of eternal torment. Only surrendering your life to Christ will save you from it. If you want to know how to be saved, see my about me page and read the plan of salvation listed there. Then, if you choose to accept Christ's gift, serve Him with all you have and He will reward you in ways you can't even begin to imagine. :D